This is not about the books. While the television series has stayed relatively close to what George R. R. Martin has written, they are still two separate mediums. I find it a bit annoying when a series is adapted from books and having to hear the phrase, "Well that's not what happened in the book!" Anyone who really understands fiction knows that the medium encompasses the story, and each medium does it differently. One of the most beautiful things about being a writer is the intimacy of it, a mind's ideas transcend to words on a page. But when the writer is a screenwriter, a different set of rules apply when adapting a series. Pages of thought-processes must somehow become visual, a bulging storyline must be condensed, and he/she must always keep in mind the budget (a word most budding screenwriters loathe). So, unlike writing a novel, adapted screenwriting is all about working with limitations. Writing for the audience, however, is something the two have in common.
I may not be a lifelong fan reader of Martin's books, but I am a devoted viewer of the HBO network. It has put out some of the most groundbreaking series in history, and it continues to deliver.
Now, back to Game of Thrones, which wrapped up season three this week. So far, this has been my favorite. Here are my top ten best moments.
DISCLAIMER: If you haven't seen season 3 and expect no spoilers, then you're an idiot.
I don't care how ruthless Tywin Lannister is (and he is a mean sumbitch), he is a certified badass. That became loudly apparent in one of my favorite scenes between him and his lovely grandson, King Joffrey. We've all grown to love hating Joffrey, such a sadistic little douchecan who seemingly gets everything he wants with no repercussion. Everyone cowers to His Grace, including his mother Cersai, the Queen Regent.
But not his grandpappy! Watching Joffrey squirm in the most uncomfortable seat in Westeros as Tywin towered over him, was gratifying. Showed that Joffrey is just a pawn, even if he did murder a couple of my favorite characters.
After the season finale, we know who wears the pants in the Greyjoy family. After receiving Theon's dick in a box, all Yara had to do was stare at her father as he tried to convince himself that Theon is a lost cause. Then she said, "He's your son. And my brother." So let's go save poor Theon. She's my prediction for next badass female of season 4.
A lot of things people say are "epic" aren't really epic. But this was epic. Definitely epic. I chewed my nails watching Jon Snow and Ygritte climb their way to the top of the Wall. But they made it! This kind of triumph definitely deserved a good smooch (and just after crying out, "NO! NOT ROS!!!", this scene softened that bow-and-arrow blow that Joffrey delivered just moments before). Le-sigh, Jon Snow!
How creepy was that metallic scorpion thingy in the season premiere? I jumped in my chair, but the end of the scene put a smile on my face when Barriston Selmy finally finds Dany and says, "I got your back, Khaleesi!"
Dammit Melisandre, you witchy witchy woman. Go cast your spells on someone less hot and less likeable than Gendry. Perhaps Joffrey...or Littlefinger? All made worthwhile for that cheeky little peek at the heat Gendry is packing. He's a good looking bastard Baratheon, I'd pay to be one of them bloodsucking leeches that crazy bitch put on his junk.
Why did Jaime Lannister push Bran out the window? Because he's an asshole. So his debut didn't exactly begin to a great start, nor was his "I'm Prince Charming screwing my sister" look. But now, the Kingslayer has had a physical and emotional makeover. Sure, it left him with only one hand, but the beard makes up for that. Plus, he actually has a sweet side, helping Brienne fight that bear and all. I like Jaime Lannister, especially after this season. What's going to happen now that he's come crawling back to King's Landing?
I think I might be the one of the very few people on the planet who was secretly thrilled when these nuptials ended in a bloodbath. Robb Stark had that one coming, I'm surprised at how stupid he was thinking no big repercussions would happen after breaking his vow to marry one of the Frey girls for that painfully annoying Talisa. How smug the two of them were from the moment he started balling her was unreal. And Cat, well, a bit of a bystander for her dumb son, but it was also her stupidity in erroneously charging Tyrion for pushing Bran out the window, which fueled the whole war to begin with. So, adios to the three, no more uncomfortable sex scenes from those two, and no more "Oh no, I think I just wet myself" facial expressions from Cat Stark.
Hooray for Davos Seaworth, the angel on Stannis Baratheon's shoulder, doing the best he can to whisper some sensible logic in his ear. Don't kill your nephew, don't trust the fire lady, be a good boy Stannis. Not sure how far he's going to get playing good conscience to the first-in-line-to-the-Iron-Throne, but at least Stannis still trusts him enough for him to lead the next march into the cold, for winter is coming!
By the end of season three, Arya's life just got even more difficult. I enjoyed her banter with the Hound, and enjoyed even more watching her make her first kill. And the coin! VALAR MORGHULIS. Hints of that popping up more and more throughout the show, can't wait to see more of that spooky stuff appear in the next season.
No explanation necessary.